The 14 tons manufactured in Syria are suspected to be the work of the Jihadist group Islamic State (IS).

Italian police are investigating the origin of 14 tons of amphetamines manufactured in Syria, a cache intercepted Wednesday that could represent a world record. The seizure, made at the port of Salerno (south of Naples), has a market value of one billion euros, according to a statement by Italian police that says it is the “largest seizure of amphetamines in the world”.

According to the investigation led by the Naples prosecutor’s office, the drug was found in three containers, containing industrial paper cylinders and machinery, with some 84 million tablets inside.

These multilayer paper cylinders, about two metres high and with a diameter of 1.40 metres (probably made in Germany), made it possible to conceal the tablets placed in the inner layers without being detected by a scanner.

The tablets were sealed with the symbol “Captagon”, a drug classified as a narcotic, also known as a “jihad drug”, according to the researchers. “It is known that the Islamic state finances its own terrorist activities mainly through the trafficking of synthetic drugs produced in Syria, which has become the world’s leading producer of amphetamines in recent years,” the Guardia di Finanza statement said.

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